January Newsletter

January 2022– 
 
Happy New Year! May all your dreams come true in 2022!
 
When I started this newsletter a year ago, the intent was to inform Laguna Niguel residents of what was happening on their city council. We live in a “news desert” where nothing gets reported on regarding city council actions, therefore a newsletter seemed a logical first step to solving that problem. Because I am running for city council in the November 8, 2022 election, things have changed a bit. People want to know where candidates stand, therefore I will be expressing my opinion more often than previous newsletters.

I hope you will share your thoughts/opinions with me as well. I believe in a representative democracy and being better informed will help me to advocate more effectively for a vibrant quality of life for you.  
 
STAFF PRESENTS CITY ACFR (CAFR previously) FOR FISCAL YEAR 2020-21

The city ended the fiscal year 2020-21 with $46.35 million in reserves, which is more than double the city’s limit set for reserve funds.

The city received more than $8.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds. The report says “the city plans to use these funds on infrastructure and capital improvements in future years.” My hope is that the city will provide more details at a public meeting in the future as to how they will use those funds. Discussions in public allow for residents to comment on how money should be spent. This is a windfall for the city, especially since both property and sales tax revenues INCREASED during the COVID-19 pandemic. What would you spend the money on in the city?
 
DISTRICTING CHANGES WHO REPRESENTS LAGUNA NIGUEL 

Every ten years redistricting of political boundaries in the county, state and federal government are redrawn as a result of the newly conducted census. Incumbent representatives include County Supervisor Katrina Foley, State Assembly Member Laurie Davies, State Senator Dave Min and U.S. Congressman Mike Levin. All but State Senator Dave Min will face elections in 2022.

NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING JAN 18 

The city canceled its first city council meeting on January 4, therefore the first city council meeting of the year will be this coming Tuesday at 7PM.
 
Let’s Move Laguna Niguel Forward Together,